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Facebook bans 'deepfake' videos in run-up to US election | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "But the policy explicitly covers only misinformation produced using AI, meaning "shallow fakes" - videos made using conventional editing tools - though frequently just as misleading, are still allowed on the platform."
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TikTok 'makeup tutorial' goes viral with call to action on China's treatment of Uighurs... - 0 views

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    "An American teenager who is using makeup tutorials on TikTok to spread awareness of China's detention of at least a million Muslims in internment camps in Xinjiang has claimed her videos are being censored by the platform."
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Digital democracy will face its greatest test in 2020 | Siva Vaidhyanathan | Opinion | ... - 0 views

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    "Under the oxymoronic rubric of "self-regulation", Facebook, Twitter and Google are already considering ways to appear responsible and protective of the integrity of those two elections. Twitter has pledged to stop running political ads, and both Google and Facebook are considering suspending precise targeting of political ads."
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Iran's digital shutdown: other regimes 'will be watching closely' | World news | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "The internet-freedom group Access Now recorded 75 internet outages in 2016, which more than doubled to 196 last year. "The tactic has been around for a while, but the rate at which it is being applied now is extremely alarming," says Berhan Taye, of the UK-based organisation."
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Targeted ads are one of the world's most destructive trends. Here's why | Arwa Mahdawi ... - 0 views

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    "It has led to a proliferation of fake news and clickbait. It has fuelled surveillance capitalism and normalised pervasive tracking and data-mining. If we want to do something about the proliferation of misinformation and erosion of trust in traditional institutions, it is not enough to regulate or factcheck political adverts. We need to crack down on the use of personal information for all targeted advertising. Otherwise democracy will continue to erode, one highly optimised click at a time."
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John Oliver on exploitable voting machines: 'We must fix this' | Culture | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Oliver also pointed to a Finnish man who once found "one of the most severe security flaws ever discovered in a voting system" in US machines and alerted their manufacturers, who released a patch to fix the problem in 2006. The state of Georgia, however, never installed it, and the Senate report noted their machines hadn't been updated since at least 2005. "They'd essentially been hitting the 'remind me tomorrow' button on a critical security update for over a decade," Oliver explained, "meaning Georgia's election systems operate on the same level of technical proficiency as Every Dad"."
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Firefox: 'no UK plans' to make encrypted browser tool its default | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Mozilla has announced it will make the tool, called DNS-over-HTTPS, or DoH, the default for all users in the US."
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Harvard student gets into US after entry denied over friends' social media posts - CNET - 0 views

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    "That was apparently the result of the US government's probing of visa applicants' social media profiles. After the search, an officer questioned the 17-year-old, who got a scholarship to study in the US, about his friends' social media activity and told him she'd found some "posting political points of view that oppose the US," the student paper noted. Despite Ajjawi's protests, the officer denied the student's entry and let him call his parents."
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How government-exclusive spyware is used to surveil civil society in Mexico - The Citiz... - 0 views

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    "In Mexico, government-exclusive spyware technology is being used to target journalists, human rights defenders, anti-corruption advocates, and international investigators. Luis Fernando Garcia, Director of R3D, explains how technology meant to track terrorists is being turned against activists"
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EPIC - The Right to Be Forgotten (Google v. Spain) - 0 views

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    "The Court found that the fundamental right to privacy is greater than the economic interest of the commercial firm and, in some circumstances, the public interest interest in access to Information. The European Court affirmed the judgment of the Spanish Data Protection Agency which upheld press freedoms and rejected a request to have the article concerning personal bankruptcy removed from the web site of the press organization."
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The Trump rule? World leaders that violate Twitter rules will get warning label | Techn... - 0 views

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    "The new policy is a major shift in Twitter's efforts to balance its ideological commitment to free expression with user demands for improved enforcement of rules against harassment, hate speech and other toxic behavior."
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Is India the frontline in big tech's assault on democracy? | John Harris | Opinion | Th... - 0 views

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    "the Financial Times quoted one Indian political source claiming that WhatsApp was "the echo chamber of all unmitigated lies, fakes and crap in India"."
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UK cops are secretly harvesting all data from the phones and cloud accounts of suspects... - 0 views

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    "Many services retain the data they harvest indefinitely, and some have been caught storing (and losing) the data without encryption: for example, in 2017 the Greater Manchester Police were found to have lost data from victims of violent and sexual crimes, which had been stored unencrypted on DVDs and sent through the post."
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DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System - Motherboard - 0 views

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    "Now they might finally get this thanks to a new $10 million contract the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched to design and build a secure voting system that it hopes will be impervious to hacking."
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A critical flaw in Switzerland's e-voting system is a microcosm of everything wrong wit... - 0 views

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    ""We have only examined a tiny fraction of this code base and found a critical, election-stealing issue," said Lewis, who is currently executive director of the Open Privacy Research Society, a Canadian nonprofit that develops secure and privacy-enhancing software for marginalized communities. "Even if this [backdoor] is closed its mere existence raises serious questions about the integrity of the rest of the code.""
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Indian police threaten to arrest those caught playing online shooter game PUBG -- Socie... - 0 views

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    "Just ahead of the first anniversary of its release, Indian law enforcers are accusing the popular game of inciting violence and distracting kids from their studies, even pushing for a large-scale prohibition of the "battle-royal" style shooter. Following numerous complaints by parents, a temporary ban on the mobile app was first announced by police in metropolitan Rajkot, with some other cities multiplayer-game soon following suit. While the current ban only extends until March 30, the police and children's rights watchdog are petitioning New Delhi to ban the game altogether"
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